You can request a pregnancy test Monday – Friday during full-service hours, 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. To request a test, call 443-9005 for an appointment – your request will be confidential. You will be asked to give a urine specimen and results will be available in ~20 minutes.
The urine pregnancy test used at Health Services is accurate as early as 7 days after conception and is conclusive at 10 days. The tests conducted under laboratory controls are considered more reliable than "home" pregnancy tests.
Schedule an appointment with a Women's Health provider by calling 443-9005.
Prior to beginning hormonal birth control, you will need to have a complete GYN exam with Pap Test. You can schedule an appointment by calling the clinic. If you have had an exam and Pap Test with your own doctor within the past year, you can obtain a copy of the result; however, you will still need to have an exam in order for us to prescribe for you. If you would like your own doctor to prescribe for you, a prescription can be phoned to the Health Services pharmacy at 315-443-5691.
A gynecological (GYN) exam begins with filling out a comprehensive medical history form which will be reviewed with you when you see the nurse practitioner or physician. The examination will include both breast and pelvic exams – neither is painful and both can be completed quickly. During the pelvic exam, a laboratory screening called a Pap Test will be done. This involves brushing small cell samples from the cervix (the muscle sitting at the base of the uterus along the vaginal wall), placing the sample on a slide and sending it to a specialized lab for review.
Pap Tests are not included in your health fee. You may obtain an itemized bill to submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement.
A woman should have her first gynecological (GYN) exam and Pap Test when she becomes sexually active or by about age 21.
You must wait for an established period to start your first pack of pills. Once the quickstart period begins, you will take your first pill on the first Sunday i.e., if your period starts on Wednesday, 6/1 then you will take your first pill on Sunday, 6/5. If your period starts on Sunday, you will take your first pill that day. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter whether or not your period is in progress when you take that first pill – you are simply initiating your hormonal contraception at a defined point in your cycle. After the first month, you will simply continue the same pattern cycle after cycle – ending a cycle on Saturday and starting a new cycle on Sunday.
You can consider yourself protected after you have taken your pills at the same time of day for seven days. Keep in mind that BCPs are a protection from pregnancy only. You must insist on condoms to protect yourself from STDs.
We find that having patients start BCPs on a common day enhances successful adjustment to taking a medication at the same time each day, a commitment that is easier said than done. Further, our patients adjust to this commitment more readily when the start day for each cycle is on a Sunday (first day of the week, a “quiet” day). The majority of pharmaceutical companies arrange pill packs for a Sunday start. The effectiveness of BCPs is related to consistency; therefore, we do not recommend that BCPs be considered effective immediately. We recommend waiting two weeks into the first cycle before relying solely on BCPs as a contraceptive. We also recommend consistent use of condoms to protect you from STDs.
If you forget to take a pill, take it as soon as you remember. If you miss a pill for an entire day, take it the next day and then take your regular pill at the usual time. Do not take 2 pills together as this can cause nausea – separate the two doses by an hour or more. To minimize or eliminate nausea, take BCPs with food. Being late with BCPs may lead to break-through bleeding i.e., bleeding prior to week 4, or "placebo" week.
If you miss two or more BCPs, it is best to call the Women’s Health clinic (443-9005) as we can assist you in getting back on track without having to discontinue the cycle. Note that you will need to use condoms for the rest of the cycle because ovulation is possible.
If you wish to discontinue BCPs, it is important that you finish the cycle first unless you are advised otherwise by a health care provider. If you want to switch to another form of birth control or change to another BCP due to side-effects, call 443-9005 to schedule a discussion. Changing to another BCP or another hormonal method of birth control will not interrupt your protection from pregnancy. You simply complete your current cycle and begin the new BCP or method when you would have started your next pack of pills.
In addition to the 28 day BCPs, you can obtain the following:
If you are about to run out of your 28-day birth control method, you can be given a prescription for one month. Call 315- 443-9005 for an appointment with a Women's Health provider. If possible, bring the package containing your current method with you to the appointment.
We can give you your Depo Provera injection on an appointment basis. There is a charge for the injection. You must provide:
If you have other questions, you can speak with a Women’s Health nurse or provider between 8:30a.m. & 5:00p.m., Monday- Friday. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, call the Women’s Health clinic during the above hours at 443-9005. If calling after 5:00.pm. or on the weekend you will get our answering service. It is best to call during our regular office hours if you have a personal question.